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|Born||citation needed]1 April 1911[|
Kamasin, Banda district, Uttar Pradesh
|Died||22 June 2000(aged 89)|
Kedarnath Agarwal (also spelled as Agrawal and Aggarwal) (1911–2000) was a Hindi language poet and writer.
Agarwal was born on 1 April 1911 to Hanuman Prasad Gupta and his wife Ghasiti Devi in the village of Kamasin in Banda district in the Bundelkhand region of the present-day Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He acquired B.A. and L.L.B. degrees, and became a practising advocate in Banda in 1938.
He was a member of the Pragatisheel Lekhak Sangh, a body inspired by the leftist Progressive Writers' Movement. His writings have been translated into English, German, and Russian.
Agarwal received the Soviet Land Nehru Prize in 1973 and the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1986. In 1995, Bundelkhand university conferred an honorary doctorate in literature (D.Litt) upon him. Other accolades included the Hindi Sansthan Uttar Pradesh Puraskar (1981), Tulsi Puraskar (1986), Mythili Sharan Gupta Puraskar (1990–91), and the Sahitya Vachaspati Manad Upaadhi (1990).
Agarwal served as president of the Arya Kanya Intermediate College for many years. He was associated with the Vinoba Bhave College located in Kamasin village, his birthplace. He also served for one year as president of the local Bar Association in Banda.
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Agarwal's published books are:
- Yug Ki Ganga
- Neend Ke Badal
- Lok Aur Alok
- Phool nahin Rang Bolte Hain
- Aag Ka Aayeena
- Bambay ka Raktasnan
- Pankh aur Patwar
- Mar Pyar ki Thapein
- He Meri Tum
- Kahein Kedar Khari Khari
- Vah Chidiya Jo
- Jamun Jal Tumzsa
- Bole Bol Abol
- Jo Shilayein Todte Hain
- Aatma Gandh
- Anhari Haryali
- Khuli Aankhein Khuli Daine
The Kedar Samman
The Kedar Shod Peeth is a foundation dedicated to commemorating Kedarnath Agarwal's contributions to literature. Every year, it awards the Kedar Samman to a writer for outstanding contributions to literature.